New Canadian Expats Welcomed On Canada Day

By Editorial 07 July, 2014

In a statement marking Canada Day, Canada's Government says that the country is currently experiencing the highest sustained levels of immigration in the country's history.

Noting record numbers of persons choosing to relocate to Canada, Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander promised to increase the efficiency of the immigration program. By streamlining the decision-making process, the average processing time for applications will be reduced to less than a year, and the current application backlog will be slashed by 80 percent by the end of 2015-2016, the Government said.

July 2 – Canada Day – saw more than 2,200 new citizens from 138 countries welcomed at 45 ceremonies across the country. Approximately 130,000 migrants have become Canadian citizens during 2014 so far, and more than 1.3m since 2006.

Speaking at one such citizenship ceremony, in the town of Ajax, Ontario, Alexander said that he "would like to congratulate our newest citizens and welcome them to the Canadian family on this special day." He added: "Canada Day is a day to reflect upon what it means to be Canadian and to reaffirm our commitment to upholding Canadian values, which have their roots in democracy, freedom, human rights, and the rule of law."

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